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As I sat down to read next to a second grader, I was surprised by his initial thoughts of the photograph on the cover of the book:
"This reminds me of my grandma," Brian said pointing to the crocodile head.
"Oh. Really? Tell me more." I had to hear more of his thinking! I'm thinking he's going to tell me about her dry, wrinkly skin or the yellow, gnarly teeth.
"Well, she's kinda grouchy," he stated matter-of-factly.
We are learning about making connections. Not the type of connection that is going to help us better understand the text, but I have to give Brian credit: He's thinking about his reading . . . and he made me smile!